Oleksandr Usyk used his public practice for Saturday’s clash with Anthony Joshua to demonstrate his lightning-fast reactions with a four-coin trick.
The Ukrainian Unified Heavyweight Champion stood in the center of the ring at Saudi Airlines Club and arranged the coins on his hand, wrist and arm before flicking them in the air and catching each one.
It was an impressive display of skill and was the heart of a 10 minute session that also included some dance moves.
He wore a T-shirt with the colors of the Ukrainian flag and the slogan “Colours of Freedom,” a reference to his country’s war with Russia.
At Monday’s arrivals event, he carried a stuffed toy donkey given to him by his daughter before joining the war effort, from which he eventually received an exemption to claim his WBA, IBF and WBO belts in Jeddah defend.
Joshua hit the pads with new coach Robert Garcia while assistant coach Angel Fernandez watched from the corner, and when the fallen champion was quizzed at the end of the session, he predicted he would knock Usyk out in their rematch.
“Previous experience against him helps but it’s all about the night so I don’t know how much it will help,” Joshua said.
“From all my experiences I’ve learned to be like a sponge but ultimately Saturday night is a struggle and that’s what it’s about, that’s it. I’ll just do my best, that’s all I can do.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/oleksandr-usyk-anthony-joshua-robert-garcia-colours-jeddah-b2146374.html Oleksandr Usyk shows off coin tricks in training before Anthony Joshua fight